Legal Services Act 2007 And The Impact

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Introduction This paper aims to explore the Legal Services Act 2007 and the impact the Act has had on the role of a Costs Lawyer since implementation. Findings The starting point for this topic has to be to consider the original Legislation and the rights provided within the same. The Courts and Legal Services Act 1990 only allowed qualified and regulated Solicitors and Barristers the rights of audience before a Court in proceedings to which the individual was not a party to. The Access t Justice Act 1999 made it possible for other professional groups beyond Solicitors and Barristers to grant rights to their members. A number of bodies took advantage of this including the Association of Law Costs Draftsman. The Legal Services Act 2007 replaced the Courts and Legal Services Act 1990 on 1 January 2010 and was implemented to liberalise and regulate the market for legal services in England and Wales. The Act has encouraged more competition and provided a new route for consumer complaints. The Act was introduced in November 2006 by Lord Falconer Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs and received Royal Assent on 30 October 2007. Since implementation the Act has simplified and improved the regulation of legal service provision in England and Wales and has created a framework for legal services to be provided. The regulatory objectives and professional principles are set out in section 1 of the Act. The Act allows lawyers and non-lawyers to form businesses
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